Five Things: Disappointing Purchases

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More often than not – at least when you’re beauty product addicted and purchase them frequently like I do- I find myself regretting a lot of the products I purchase in the end, feeling disappointed after I purchased them. These products aren’t generally overtly bad because I tend to do my research beforehand and report back if a product is an actual nightmare but these products that I just wish I hadn’t gone for remain untalked about. I plan on remedying that now, inspired by Tijan Serena‘s recent video that I enjoyed tremendously.

(1) Physician’s Formula Happy-Booster Blush in Rose ($15.99)

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While neither the standard pinky hue or the sheer-but-buildable pigmentation of this blush are particularly spectacular, its real downfall is the lack of longevity the product has on me. In my experience, I don’t have to worry about blush or any other face product lasting on my skin for a good 7-8 hours without even beginning to fade but this rather expensive drugstore offering seems to disappear by the second hour. I know that many bloggers and youtubers whose opinions I trust enjoy this classic drugstore product despite its dodgy pheremone marketing; it simply does not work with my particular skin.

(2) MAC Powder Blush in Springsheen ($21/26)

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The thing with this one is that there’s absolutely nothing to fault with the formula of this peachy coral blush with that ever-popular illuminizing gold sheen running throughout. I bought it back in tenth grade, I believe, as my first coral blush ever and I just don’t love it nearly as much as many of my other 637 coral blushes- I’m only kind of joking about how many I own.

(3) Annabelle Waterproof Lip Liner in Bordeaux ($6.95)

I really should have tried Annabelle before I did, aside from the fact that they are an actual Canadian cosmetics brand – they have simply impressed me with their products that I’ve tried particularly their standard lip liner in Demure. Given my love for their neutral lip liner offering and my more recent interest in lip liners, I figured that I would expand my collection into these vampier shades to wear with the lipsticks I’m enjoying. Now I realize that I should have been wary the moment that I realize that the liner was marketed as waterproof because of just how naturally dry my lips are and how disastrously these dry liners tend to stick to all patches in my lips in an unflattering way, but regardless, I screwed up with this one because it’s so unflattering and clingy that it cannot be covered up with lip products on the top. I don’t doubt that this lasts for hours and hours and it could very well work nicely for outlining the lips but I don’t like that kind of maintenance so I’m a filling in the lips kind of girl.

(4) Maybelline The Nudes Palette ($14.99)

I’ve had the 12-pan neutral palette from the drugstore for a good few months now and believe it or not, I’ve been thinking about writing a post on it for ages but my lukewarm thoughts and general indecisiveness have kept me from doing so thus far. The shades are by no means bad, but only a  few shades have that really good pigmentation and texture that I would compare to higher end brands and the colours are by no means unique so I don’t feel that this is adding to a lack in my neutral palette collection. I’m saying that the colours aren’t unique and I don’t think they are the most amazing drugstore shades but I do enjoy a few of the colours, particularly the matte greyish taupes and I have found a look or two that I enjoy with the palette. If this was under ten dollars, I would probably have no qualms about discussing it favourably but considering the price, I’m just not reaching for it adequately, for good reason.

(5) Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 070 Cherry Tart ($9)

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I believe I actually said favourable things about this sheerer cherry lightweight lipstick in late 2013 but now that I’ve explored similar formulas of balmy lipsticks, I’ve realized that the cult-favourite formula is neither impressive on the pigmentation or the hydrating balmy front and this one is one of the sheerer offerings and I have to say that I find the shimmer annoying and irritating on my lips. I know that I’m one of the very few that do not adore the lip butters but I promise my thoughts are genuine here; I just have extremely finicky lips.

Do you have any product disappointments to contribute?
Maggie, x.

The Stash Rediscoveries

 

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It’s not the first post of this kind gracing the pages of the blog but I hope it’s a wee bit more successful than the former edition of the ‘shopping my stash’ thing around here; while last time, the rediscovered products didn’t stick for long as there was a reason why the products were pushed aside in the first place – they weren’t quite ideal as staples, for me at least. Here’s the lowdown…

Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No7 Plush Eyeshadow in 204 The Starlet ($71) – review here

I’m afraid that I can’t take credit for the whole thought that this palette, a luxurious and very interesting metallic neutral palette is either unique in the worst way or the best, as I read it on another blog that I can’t seem to recall. If you know whose post I may be recalling, I’d love to hear who to give proper credit to for the idea. The quality of the shadows are impeccable and their only legitimate quality flaw is that the smooth and pigmented shadows do have the tendency to fall down but as they’re not ideal with their more interesting shades with metallic finishes as an all-inclusive everyday kind of palette but at the same time are interesting yet neutral shades. Now that I’m trying to at least spot clean my brushes on a weekly basis, I’ve begun to give the luxurious palette a go on a regular basis for a bit of a smokier smudgy eye. Today, I went for the pinky champagne shade with microglitter/microshimmer all across the lid to begin, blended the medium-toned copper shade into the outer half of the lid and slightly into the crease and smoked the charcoal into the lashline and outer corner, if you were curious.

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Bourjois 10-Hour Sleep Effect Foundation in 73 ($26) – review here

It’s not so much that I had fallen out of love with this one but rather, I picked up this shade shortly after the end of last summer when I unknowingly must have had gotten more colour than I thought (oops!) and so I haven’t been able to wear the shade that I have or been able to justify picking up yet another foundation without finishing up even one of the many in my possession but now that I’ve been gradual tanning and have been enjoying the weather outside (wearing SPF, of course) since, I’ve been able to go for this darker foundation offering and I’ve been enjoying doing so for the last couple of days. The lightweight foundation with seamless light but buildable coverage sits on the skin as lightweight as can be and imparts the skin with the appearance of naturally luminous skin with no sign of makeup in sight.

Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya ($9)

I’ve mentioned my mild dislike for the cult-favourite lip products that promise the moisture of a balm with the colour of a lipstick but this isn’t to say that they are outwardly bad products especially not in this subdued coral shade, they just are less moisturizing and buttery and more waxy for my liking – and aren’t the most flattering on lips in less-than-the-ideal condition. Regardless of these feelings, I have pulled this shade back out again, missing the gorgeous subdued coral shade that formula-wise is definitely the best performing shade out of the range that I’ve tried.

NARS Orgasm Powder Blush ($33)

I’ve been neglecting the famous pink-coral blush with golden shimmer in the last four or five months but the truth remains that this blush is the only one that I’ve ever hit pan on and is a long-term favourite product in my collection. For a good long while, this face-brightening blush has remained my staple blush and I’m getting to remedy its undeserving neglect. Here I go again, describing cosmetics as if they were animate objects, the usual.

I would love to hear your thoughts on these products as well as any recent product discoveries of yours!
Maggie, x.